October 24, 2006

Colbert and Kuo revisited

Ubub sent this to me the other day on Colbert:
"One who did appear, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.), discovered the pitfalls when Colbert asked him about a bill he co-sponsored requiring that the Ten Commandments be displayed in the U.S. Capitol.

'What are the Ten Commandments?' Colbert asked matter-of-factly.

'What are all of them?' Westmoreland said, taken aback. 'You want me to name them all?'

The June segment showed Westmoreland struggling to name just three. Westmoreland actually named seven, said his press secretary, Brian Robinson. And the remaining ones, he added, were somewhat obscure.

A Bible Belt conservative, the embarrassed Westmoreland has been trying to live down his Commandments performance. No Republican has appeared since.

Negative phone calls from around the country poured in to Westmoreland's office, mostly from liberals charging hypocrisy, Robinson said. Several clips of the segment are posted on the YouTube website, and Westmoreland's Democratic opponent, Mike McGraw, put the video on his campaign website."
Westmoreland's press secretary sounds like a Mel Brooks sketch: "The Lord our God has given us 10 Commandments. Well actually 7, the other three are pretty obscure."


Thinking more about the Kuo book and have a couple of questions that I will never get to ask the author. He talks about Ashcroft early in the book, but then never addresses the man as AG. What happened to the guy who opposed forcing his faith on others?

Second, no mention of Abramoff. Not one. As close as he was to Rove's office, and since Abramoff used Ralph Reed and other religious conservatives, it seems conceivable to me that he saw some of this.

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